Huskiana Press Blog

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Huskiana Press Under New Directorship

Huskiana Press was founded in 2019 by Professor Ryan Cordell, who provided Northeastern with a wonderful letterpress suite to support creative and scholarly projects. Ryan recently took a position at the University of Illinois iSchool, where we know he’ll continue to do innovative work with printing technologies. The new directors...

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The First Year of Huskiana: Part Two

Jack Nolan and Minotaur I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with rising senior Jack Nolan (he/him) to discuss his handmade booklet entitled Minotaur. We discussed the difficulties and surprises he encountered using the press for this unique project, and his interest in letter press and tactile creating...

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The First Year of Huskiana: Part One

Isabella Viega and Rabbit Soup / Forest Elegies This article will be the first in a series showcasing the amazing work that has been created using the Huskiana Printing Press in its first year up and running at Northeastern University. I had the opportunity to speak with Northeastern alumni Isabella...

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Recreating Historical Font from WPA Posters at the Huskiana Press

In Spring of 2020, I joined the team of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in the Letterpress Goes 3D project. This multi-faceted project set out with the goal of recreating historical image blocks, moveable type, and printing plates as well as original material creations of digital fonts and images for...

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Letterpress Goes 3D 2020-2021 Report and Overview

Introduction In order to share the activity of the Letterpress Goes 3D, or LG3D, we first must share the definition and potential of “letterpress.” Letterpress was the dominant printing technology from the 16th century to the early 20th century, and continues to be used today for educational, historical, and artisanal...

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Letterpress Goes 3D: Preparing a Digital Font for Wood Engraving Using Illustrator

In this post, we’ll be going over how you can create wooden letterpress blocks of a digital font of your choosing. Each block will correspond to an individual letter which can be used to create, or “compose,” lines of type for letterpress printing. Blocks of a particular type (e.g. “A,”...

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Letterpress Goes 3D: Preparing Historical Images for Wood Engraving Using Photoshop and Illustrator

The process to prepare a historical image for laser cutting is slightly more complex and time-intensive than preparing a born-digital image because you will likely have to do some restoration work. If you are new to Photoshop in particular, you will likely have a much easier time creating a laser...

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Letterpress Goes 3D: Preparing a Born-Digital Image for Wood Engraving Using Photoshop and Illustrator

This tutorial will show you how to convert a digital image into a vector image that can then be laser cut to create a wooden letterpress block for printing. Essentially, this guide will take you from digital image to woodcut! Before you begin, it is important to ensure that the...

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Huskiana Pop-Up: Print Your Own Valentine’s Day Card

When: Thursday, February 13th, 2020, 2:30-4:30 Where: Huskiana Letterpress Studio, Holmes Hall 489 What: Print & design your own Valentine’s Day Card Recently Huskiana student researcher Violet Lingenfelter created a fantastic heart cut, which we wanted to share with the community. Come to the press this Thursday, February 13 between...